Does your child snore? Does your child have long pauses in breathing, lots of tossing and turning in bed, chronic mouth breathing during his/her sleep, or have night sweats? All of these symptoms, especially the snoring, are possible signs of pediatric sleep apnea. This is more common that generally recognized. It is estimated that 25% of all children suffer from sleep apnea, many of them between the ages of 2 and 8 years old.
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Most Common Sleep Disorders in Children:
⇒ Obstructive Sleep Apnea – A child with sleep obstructive sleep apnea briefly stops breathing many times during the night because of an obstruction in the respiratory tract. They awaken for a few minutes as they instinctively gasp for air.
⇒ Parasomnia – Parasomnia’s such as sleepwalking, sleep talking, confusional arousals, sleep terrors, and nightmares affect up to 50% of children.
⇒ Behavioral Insomnia – Children with a learned inability to fall and/or stay asleep affects and estimated 10%-30%.
⇒ Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder – Children with this disorder show their wake times are delayed by at least 2 hours compared with socially acceptable times. There seems to be a discrepancy between the internal clock of the child and the external world. For example, light is the most powerful “resetter”. Inappropriate timing of light exposure can alter circadian rhythm.
⇒ Restless Legs Syndrome – This condition is characterized by an unpleasant sensation in the legs, with the urge to move the legs starting in the evening.